High Speed Rail

Southern California to Vegas Bullet Train Sees Bipartisan Support

According to Fox Business, April 25, 2023, City College of New York professor Michio Kaku explains why the launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy from Kennedy Space Center is such a ‘historic moment’ on ‘Varney & Co.’ A bipartisan group of lawmakers asked Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg for funding to build a high-speed rail line between hubs in Nevada and California. The letter was signed in support of the Nevada Transportation Department’s application for a Federal Railroad Administration intercity passenger rail grant, asking for the money through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The Brightline West high-speed rail system along the “congested” Interstate 15 corridor would link Las Vegas to Los Angeles and San Bernardino County. The private company’s project includes an estimated $10 billion in economic impact and $1 billion in tax revenue. The six Nevadans and four House members from California said the rail operator’s plan would create more than 35,000 construction jobs and approximately 1,000 permanent jobs – including a commitment through a memorandum of understanding to ensure the creation of “good-paying union jobs.” In recent weeks, the Brightline and Southern Nevada Building Trades Union will be used during construction. They touted increases in visitor-ship and opportunities for ancillary development around stations, and said that the system aligns with the Biden administration’s climate goals, diverting millions of vehicle users from the interstate and 400,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. “This unprecedented funding opportunity for intercity high-speed rail will unleash private investment at a critical moment for our nation, demonstrating the potential for public-private partnerships and planting a flag for American high-speed rail,” the authors said. “Brightline West will serve as a powerful example of the possibilities of high-speed rail for other cities and regions and is well-positioned to advance the U.S. Department of Transportation’s priorities related to multigenerational infrastructure investments, job creation, equity and climate change resiliency and sustainability.” The bipartisan group was led by Democratic Nevada Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen. Republicans include Rep. Mark Amodei and Jay Obernolte.


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